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The State of Florida, in the southeastern region of the United States of America. Most of the state is a large peninsula with the Gulf of Mexico on its west and the Atlantic Ocean on its east. Most of the state has a humid subtropical climate, except for southern Florida, where the climate borders on tropical and the Florida Keys, which have a tropical climate. Florida was named by Juan Ponce de León, who landed on the peninsula on 2 April 1513, during Pascua Florida (Spanish for “Flowery Easter,” referring to the Easter season). Florida’s economy relies heavily on tourism. Florida is situated mostly on a large peninsula between the Gulf of Mexico, the Atlantic Ocean, and the Straits of Florida. It extends to the northwest into a panhandle, extending along the northern Gulf of Mexico. It is bordered on the north by the states of Georgia and Alabama, and on the west, at the end of the panhandle, by Alabama. It is near the countries of the Caribbean, particularly the Bahamas and Cuba. Florida’s extensive coastline made it a perceived target during World War II, so the government built airstrips all around the state. Today approximately 400 airports are still in service due to the coastal geography of the state. Florida is one of the largest states east of the Mississippi. Only Alaska and Michigan are larger in water area.
At 345 feet (105 m) above mean sea level, Britton Hill is the highest point in Florida and the lowest highpoint of any U.S. state. Contrary to popular belief, however, Florida is not entirely “flat.” Some places, such as Clearwater, feature vistas that rise 50 to 100 feet (15–30 m) above the water. Much of the interior of Florida, typically 25 miles (40 km) or more away from the coastline, features hills with elevations ranging from 100 to 250 feet (30–76 m) in many locations. Lake County holds the highest point of peninsular Florida, Sugarloaf Mountain, at 312 feet (95 m).
News from Tampa Bay from The Tampa Tribune
Jul 30, 2014 6:35 pm
In closing arguments, the prosecution and defense in the Richard McTear trial give different views over how a baby ended up dead on the side of Interstate 275.
Jul 30, 2014 6:15 pm
A nonpartisan investigation has concluded that management failures by the Obama administration set the stage for the computer woes that paralyzed HealthCare.gov last fall.
Jul 30, 2014 6:06 pm
WASHINGTON -- A former IRS official at the heart of the agency's tea party controversy called some right-wing Republicans "crazies" and more in emails released Wednesday. Lois Lerner headed ...
Jul 30, 2014 5:32 pm
Officials in Sarasota County have issued a health advisory after a fatal case this month involving Vibrio vulnificus, a "flesh-eating" bacterium that thrives in warm seawater. The advisory ...
Jul 30, 2014 5:19 pm
MacDill Air Force Base is getting a new commander next month. Col. Scott V. DeThomas, leader of the base's host unit, the 6th Air Mobility Wing, is retiring after 32 years of military service and wil...
Jul 30, 2014 5:14 pm
There were two giant announcements in the world of Australian pop band 5 Seconds of Summer today. First, their self-titled debut album has officially hit No. 1 on the Billboard 200 in its first week ...
Jul 30, 2014 4:08 pm
The history of movies at the Capitol Theatre stretches back to the silent film era, but its new film series is drawing from another classic Hollywood era, the 1970s. The historic theater announced th...
Jul 30, 2014 4:04 pm
TAMPA -- It was almost a week ago that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers parted ways with projected starting left guard Carl Nicks. It wasn't until Wednesday, however, that they officially released him and fi...
Jul 30, 2014 3:51 pm
State insurance officials are preparing to release figures next week on how much health plans will cost under the Affordable Care Act for 2015, and rate increases seem inevitable as insurers say their...
Jul 30, 2014 2:20 pm
St. Petersburg police are seeking the public's help in identifying a youth seen on home surveillance video during a car burglary. Police say the suspect may be linked to other car burglaries in the ar...
News from Jacksonville and Northern Florida from WLTV
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Beautiful weather for The Final Round
May 10, 2014 11:41 pm
Fans turned away from Funk Fest at Metro Park
May 10, 2014 6:58 pm
Michael Sam has been picked by the St. Louis Rams in the seventh round of the NFL draft, becoming the first openly gay player drafted by a pro football team.     &...
May 10, 2014 6:46 pm
Neighbors help mail carrier 'Stamp Out Hunger'
May 10, 2014 6:29 pm
Three boys are being questioned by officers after they were seen throwing homemade explosive devices in a Northside neighborhood.        ...
May 10, 2014 5:49 pm
A 29-year-old woman was dragged beneath a vehicle near Oceanway on Saturday.
May 10, 2014 12:44 pm
A Florida Missing Child Alert has been issued for a 8-year-old boy reported missing out of Miami, authorities said Saturday.       &...
May 10, 2014 12:13 pm
An investigation is ongoing after a car crashed into a Publix supermarket in North Naples
May 10, 2014 10:28 am
A Jacksonville man is in critical condition after his motorcycle hit another vehicle head-on Friday evening, authorities said.       &a...
May 9, 2014 11:56 pm
Parents can oppose what textbooks are used in their children's classrooms
South Florida News from The Sun-Sentinel
Jul 30, 2014 5:50 pm
Tropical disturbance, 8 a.m. Wednesday
Jul 30, 2014 4:27 pm
Newly hatched sea turtles were rescued from storm drains along the beach Tuesday night after they crawled inland instead of toward the ocean.
Jul 30, 2014 4:09 pm
-- Tannehill just connected on a 70-yard touchdown on a bomb to Brian Hartline, who was wide open behind Jamar Taylor. Great throw.
Jul 30, 2014 3:32 pm
Center for Science in the Public Interest releases list of high-calorie, high-fat, high-sodium and high-sugar meals served at chain restaurantsHow much are you willing to work out in order to dine out...
Jul 30, 2014 3:26 pm
Plan to have newlywed husband murdered in Boynton Beach in 2009 got worldwide attentionDalia Dippolito the Boynton Beach newlywed convicted in a murder-for-hire plot targeting her now ex-husband des...
Jul 30, 2014 2:11 pm
A Florida family scavenging for sunken treasure on a shipwreck has found the missing piece of a 300-year-old gold filigree necklace sacred to Spanish priests, officials said on Tuesday.
Jul 30, 2014 12:26 pm
By thwarting the mugging of a Fort Lauderdale homeless man last month, an off-duty Broward Sheriff's deputy won himself a departmental citation. He also won the would-be victim a possible ticket home ...
Jul 30, 2014 10:28 am
Israel killed at least 19 Palestinians sheltering in a school in Gaza's biggest refugee camp on Wednesday, a U.N. official said, as Egyptian mediators prepared a revised proposal to try to halt more t...
Jul 30, 2014 9:48 am
The cover photo of Jafet Cordeiro’s Facebook page shows his gold-and-black trimmed Cessna Skyhawk parked on a non-descript runway.
Jul 30, 2014 9:12 am
Lindsey Averill spent most of her life thinking things would be better if she could just get skinnier.
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